Fabio Quartararo is a 20-year-old MotoGP rookie riding a Yamaha on the satellite Petronas SRT Team. He has never won a world championship. He has only 1 win and 4 podiums in his GP career. With the possible exception of Marc Marquez (Honda), he is also the fastest MotoGP rider currently.
During the opening round at Qatar, Quartararo was forced to start from pit lane. He then proceeded to set astonishing lap times as he cut through the field. Last Saturday, he took pole position for the 4th round this year at Jerez with a new lap record. He is the youngest rider ever to start in pole position in the Premier GP class.
Quartararo was running in 2nd position past the halfway point of the race when a transmission problem sidelined him. He came back the next day, however, and shattered his own lap record at Jerez by half a second.
Quartararo has had his ups-and-downs, including problems with injuries. His natural talent is well known, however, even by Marc Marquez (who mentioned it at Jerez last weekend). Perhaps MotoGP is where Quartararo will find his stride, and some consistency, to go with all that talent.
The next MotoGP race will be held at Le Mans, the home track for the young Frenchman Quartararo. Will he surprise, or even astonish us yet again? We should all be watching Quartararo on May 19 in France.
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